Block of the Month – Wonky Log Cabin.
It is December and that means it is time for a new block! Can you believe that we are on the fifth block already? This month is a variation on a log cabin block, it is fairly easy and quick which is great for sewing project in the busy holiday season! As a special treat for this month I have given you two variations of the block – you can pick which one you would like to do or make them both, it is up to you!
Various width strips of your fabric
- Pick a small piece of fabric for the center of your cabin (Note – this piece does not have to be square, it is fine for it to be a rectangle or even a little angular).
- Take a strip of fabric and sew it to one side of your piece from step 1. Press open and trim
- Sew the same color to next side of your inner piece of fabric, press and trim.
- Continue to work your way around the inner piece until it has a strip on each side. Note that the strips you add do not need to be the same width on each side!
- OPTIONAL: Doing this step will give your the tilted variation of the block, skipping it will give you the more square version of the block. Using a Ruler cut off some of sides at an angle so that the block no longer square.
- Repeat steps 2 – 5 with your block, expanding it outward until it is a 12.5” square. Note – it is okay to go a little over the 12.5” you will trim it.
- Trim your square to 12.5”.
Need to catch up on previous month’s blocks? You can find them all here.
This month our feature is from Stacey who blogs at Slo Studio. Here is what she had to say about her quilt:
“I designed this quilt accidentally! I was practicing sewing curved pieces for the first time (using a great video tutorial from fellow guild member Leanne!) I ended up liking the neutral blocks that I was making, then added in some black fabric… and it ended up getting bigger and bigger!
The resulting design is a bit more modern-looking than other quilts I’ve made so far, perhaps because of the high contrast in the colours. I had planned to free-motion quilt it, but then decided to keep with the contemporary feeling by using straight lines.
The fabrics I used are Kona Snow, Bone, Ivory, Ash and Black; “Sketch Basics” in black; and a Timeless Treasures striped print in ivory/black. I machine pieced and quilted it on my Janome Horizon 8200 QC. This finished quilt measures approximately 48 x 48″. There are more pictures over at my blog!
Thanks so much for featuring my quilt!”
Thank you Stacey for the wonderful quilt.
Block #4 – String Block
1 to 3 “ wide Various coloured strips
3.5 “ strip background fabric
Newsprint or other lightweight paper
Note: if using darker fabrics were any possible transfer of ink will not show I highly suggest using newsprint or an old paper as it is much easier to remove! I did not have any trouble with ink transfer when doing this, but it possible depending on the newsprint you use
String Block template (Note when printing be sure to set printer to “print actual size” and to check the measurements on the template with your printout)
1. Shorten your stitch length (because we are stitching on paper you will that yourself later when you have to remove all the paper).
2. Using the template, cut out 4 pieces of newsprint or lightweight paper.
3. Take your first coloured strip and lay it on your paper foundation covering one end.
4. Take a second coloured strip and lay it on top of the first (right sides together) with the edges matching toward the rest of the foundation. Sew a ¼” seam along the matched edges through the fabric and paper.
Note: strips do not have to be straight, if you wish for a more “wonky” look feel free to use strips that are tapered. The goal is simply to work across the paper template and “fill” it in.
5. Press open the fabric (you can trim off the excess fabric near the paper if you wish).
6. Take another strip of fabric and place on top of the pressed fabric. Sew a 1/4 “ seam and press open.
7.Repeat until you reach the end of the paper foundation.
8. Trim the long edges of the block along the paper foundation/template.
9. Lay the background fabric along the long edge of your pieced strip and sew on with a ¼” seam, press open. Repeat for the second side.
10. Using the corners of the template/foundation trim the remaining sides of the block to create a 6.5” square Trimming should make your background fabric into triangles.
11. Repeat until you have 4 6.5” blocks.
12. Arrange your blocks to your pleasing and sew together to form a 12.5” block. Here are a few ideas.